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Pima Medical Institute Adds Central Sterile Processing to Albuquerque West-Rio Rancho Campus

Posted: January 14, 2016 by Elizabeth Baker

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (Jan. 14, 2016) – Pima Medical Institute has added the Central Sterile Processing certificate program to its Albuquerque West-Rio Rancho campus.

The new program educates students to work in the hospital setting, where they will be responsible for sterilizing instrumentation and equipment. The central sterile processing technician is critical to keeping patients healthy while receiving treatment.

“After examining the market through focus groups, we decided the Central Sterile Processing (CSP) program would be a good addition in New Mexico,” said Pima Medical Institute Albuquerque West-Rio Rancho Campus Director, Helen Candelaria. “In addition, the CSP profession is seeing a demand in consistent training and credentials, which makes the program valuable.”

The nine-month program educates students on effective sterilization methods through courses focusing on microbiology, infection control, the principles and practices of sterile processing and decontamination procedures.

Students will study in two labs dedicated to the program, as well as work with mock decontamination and sterilization machines for real-world training. After finishing the program, students go through a 10-week clinical externship, which provides them with further hands-on experience and employment opportunities.

Central sterile processing technicians most often work in hospitals, but they also find employment in dental or eye care practices, plastic surgery offices, surgery centers and laboratories. In Albuquerque, local hospitals and free-standing surgical centers have expressed a need for educated CSPs, Candelaria said.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of the central sterile processing technician is expected to grow 14 percent nationally through 2024. Employment opportunities for central sterile processing technicians are expected to be excellent due to increased needs within the health care industry and a larger and aging population.

Pima Medical Institute’s Albuquerque West-Rio Rancho campus is located at 8601 Golf Course Road NW. The campus offers two other certificate programs—Medical Administrative Assistant and Medical Assistant—as well as an associate degree in Health Care Administration.

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